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Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival 2017

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Next week, one of Sydney's most successful festival events kicks off on 1 September, This year the uber-cool Sydney Fringe Festival has partnered with the uber-trendy Chippendale Eat Street - Kensington Street.

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Spice Alley - photo by Daria Glove

In a Sydney Fringe Festival first, Chippendale's Kensington Street Precinct will be transformed into the one and only 'Festival Village' for the entire month of September. To kick things off the annual opening celebration Fringe Ignite will take over the Kensington Street 'Festival Village', shutting down the street on Saturday 2nd September from 2pm filling shopfronts, restaurants, bars and pop-up spaces with live music and performances across nine stages.

'Festival Village' is curated by the extraordinarily talented Ngaiire. Playing everywhere from Splendour to Glastonbury and collaborating with fashion designers and creating sound installations for David Walsh's MONA FOMA, Ngaiire is more than just a singer, songwriter and vocal powerhouse. Her second album, Blastoma, transcends musical boundaries with its textured harmonies and rhythms.

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Fringe Ignite

Kensington Street, an entirely unique creation, is home to 22 restaurants crossing culinary terrains of the world's cuisines. It has become Sydney's most bustling and gastronomically rich 'Eat Street'. Spice Alley's Kopi-Tiam weaves into the street's architectural fabric the flavours of Asian metropoles with 6 Hawker style eateries. With over eight hundred dishes available in the precinct and three bars, there is simply no other place to experience the Sydney Fringe Festival.

The Old Rum Store on Kensington Street will become home to 'The Hilarium' - a pop-up comedy club curated by X-Files alum, Dean Haglund. It will include international stand up, improv and sketch comedy acts including Jonathan Kite and Al De Bene. Keeping true to Fringe's roots, the 'Festival Village' will be supporting local up-and-coming comedians including and Nick Sun.

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Up Late and Uncate - Burlesque Museum

The Cottage' will be transformed into a vaudeville playhouse with immersive theatre, installations, cabaret and burlesque acts including Up Late and Uncut, The Oyster Club and Clockfire Theatre Company. Other venues along the street such as Spice House in Spice Alley Handpicked Wines Cellar Door and more, will host live performances and interactive theatre or displays. Programming will run across 20 nights.

All of this creative brilliance doesn't end with the performances but extends to the many dining offers. Kensington Street's best restaurants will tantalize your taste buds and satiate your hunger with Fringe Festival dining options. Award-winning eateries Olio Kensington Street,Eastside Grill and Mekong Kensington Street are offering two-course dinner and wine packages. Dine and debauch at the 2017 Sydney Fringe Festival!
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Why? See Sydney in all it's cosmopolitan and artistic diversity.
When: 1 - 30 September 2017
Phone: 02 9550 6087
Where: Sydney
Cost: From FREE
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